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Broncos vs. Browns Gameday Thread

Aren't we sick and tired of hearing about the "Browncos", and how much of a success they've been with the Denver Broncos? Unfortunately, because the Broncos have been winning(despite the fact that our former players may not be solid contributors), there is only one way to erase that name and prove that the right decision was made: beat the living hell out of them. The Browns are coming off the bye week, and after a season's worth of complaining about our offensive playcalling, the thee-and-outs today better be limited. The Broncos defense has only allowed one touchdown this season, but look how we were able to stun the Baltimore Ravens defense when they were on top of the world.
- Quarterback
Last year, the advantage would have gone to Jake Plummer. It was Plummer's best season in the NFL, and the only one in which he's performed well. That hasn't been the case this year, as he has been back to his turnover ways. He has cut his turnovers down the past couple of games, but in doing so, the Broncos offense has not been scoring very much. Charlie Frye has been limited due to his offensive coordinator and the porous offensive line, but has been more effective when given the opportunity to take chances down the field.
- Running Back
Reuben Droughns is healthy after the bye week, but I don't think that can change the fact that our offensive line won't be able to block well enough for him, especially a Denver defense that's tough to get yards against. The Broncos are one of the best running teams in the league, and even though Tatum Bell doesn't seem like a big time player, it's more of the system that gets the job done. Denver's system clearly outplays Cleveland's, and most teams in the NFL for that matter.
- Receiver
With the lack of a running game, the Browns have been forced to go to Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards often this year. The right move is finally being made in giving Joe Jurevicius his first start with the Browns. The Broncos have relied on the deep ball to Javon Walker, and if that doesn't work, there is literally nothing else in the passing game that has worked. Rod Smith is a veteran receiver, but has not been involved in the offense as he used to be.
- Offensive Line
This basically is the same as the running back position, as Denver's system is one of the best in the league. The Browns will probably be without Ryan Tucker today due to the flu, and Lennie Friedman will be spelling several of our linemen. Switching our line around may not be a bad thing, but until they prove they can protect Frye and allow our running backs to get to the next level, our line won't be favored over anyone.
- Defensive Line
Like it or not, the Broncos defense has produced better than any defense in the NFL by only allowing one touchdown. There defensive line is a part of that statistic, which happens to include Gerard Warren. Granted, I don't include Warren as a significant factor in there, as it as more so to do with players like John Engelberger, Ebenezer Ekuban, and Michael Myers. Our defensive line will have trouble defending the run again and getting penetration on Plummer.
- Linebacker
Like the defensive line, you can't argue against any of Denver's defensive positions. Ian Gold, D.J. Williams, and Al Wilson have led the charge for Denver. The Browns have seen the most progression out of linebacker Kamerion Wimbley this year, while D'Qwell Jackson has matured well into his role as a tackler. However, I think Chaun Thompson needs to be involved in the defense a little more in blitzing schemes. He is not being utilized enough.
- Secondary
If Gary Baxter, Leigh Bodden, Sean Jones, and Brian Russell all start in the secondary, then look out. This is the type of a secondary that has done well without Baxter, and having him back and healthy would be an enormous boost. However, on Denver's side, John Lynch, Champ Bailey, and Darrent Williams have been a step better.
- Special Teams
I continue mentioning the same thing over and over again: the Browns special teams unit is unbelievable this year. The best feature is the fact that we are not being penalized on all of our big returns. The Browns have more motivation than ever to stop the Broncos special teams, with Quincy Morgan returning kicks on special teams. If Cribbs can smack some sense into Morgan, I'll absolutely love it.
FINAL PREDICTION: Cleveland Browns 17, Denver Broncos 13.
It's time for an upset. We've had the bye week to prepare for this game, and Denver's offense is not getting the job done. People outside of Cleveland see this as a game where the Broncos finally click offensively, simply because they're facing the "Browns". We'll need effective playcalling again, but with how I've seen Denver's offense play this year, there is no way that they can overmatch Cleveland's defense.

This is the official gameday thread for today's game. Any comments you would like to make before, during, or after the game should be placed into this thread. Enjoy the game, and GO BROWNS!